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Webinar series set for June/July with focus on physical injury and psychologic impact on the young athlete

May 04, 2018

The KU Area Health Education Center is continuing its Brown Bag Webinar Series with a cluster called "Winning at What Cost? Prevention and Treatment of Physical Injuries and the Psychologic Impact Affecting the Young Athlete" This cluster is set to be held in June and July, however specific dates have not yet been confirmed.

A study published in the Open Access Journal of Sports Medicine in 2013 by Donna L. Merkel, titled Youth sport: positive and negative impact on young athletes, indicates that an estimated 45 million children and adolescents in the US participate in youth sports. With increased sports-related injuries, there are 2.6 million ER visits a year. There are significant positive benefits for participation including enhanced physical fitness, reduced risk for obesity, and psychological and social development. Unfortunately, inconsistent physical assessment, overuse injuries, a lack of safety precautions, and the emphasis on winning and pressure to succeed can negatively impact young athletes and lead to injuries and attrition. This series is designed to explore the impact of health care, as well as positive coaching, to emphasize athletic safety and enjoyment.

Series topics will include pre-participation physical evaluation (PPE) guidelines, injury prevention and management related to concussions, orthopedics, growth and development, heat illness, mental health benefits and more. Health care providers, coaches and athletic trainers are all in a position to positively impact young athletes to be healthy, happy and successful.

For more information, or to request a flyer be sent to your email address, please contact the KU Area Health Education Center at (620) 235-4040.

Last modified: Jul 26, 2018